How to color in with Photoshop

Uploaded by Fabrazz on 09.07.2008

All right everyone, welcome to my newest How-To Video. Normally you are used to see another Speed-Drawing of mine.
Which are all listed in my Youtube Channel.
But this time I decided to help the community by giving you a little tutorial.
Of how to color in your drawing in photoshop.
of course there are a thousand ways of doing this but I find this one the easiest and the simplest.
Which should nevertheless give you a great outcome.
The video will be showing to entire process, while these subtitles will explain every step for you.
All-right let's start.
So for this process to be successful your drawing has to be already shaded in by hand.
Once you scan the image up and have it open in Photoshop. You go to Adjustments.
And then desaturate.
When you desaturate everything becomes B&W.
Atfer you've done that you delete the main locked layer
and only keep the main layer of the actual drawing.
And it is very IMPORTANT that
you change the blending mode of this layer to MULTIPLY
All right the next step is to add a new layer
Which we will call "solid"
It is important that your main layer which we will call shade,
Is on top.
So now select the other layer called "solid" which is under the one called "shade"
And you choose a greyish color
Choose the "hard" brush tool
(The not fuzzy looking one)
And then simply draw the entire background of your image.
The whole outline of the entire figure/character.
But watch out that you don't go over the edges of your actual figure
Because that might
destroy the rest of the process.
You can easily adjust the brush sice to get into the small parts.
By right-clicking on the actual screen and selecting a smaller brush.
So I am going to skip ahead a bit just for the sake of going on with the tutorial.
At the end it should look like this.
There you go.
The whole second layer is the outline of the figure in a grey color.
Now we add a new layer.
Which we will call gradient.
On this layer we will choose the gradient tool.
And change the two main colors that you can see on the left bar.
Here it really depends on you which color you want but I suggest a dark grey
going to a
quite light grey.
Then you click on the screen
Pull it from up to down and you get something similar to this.
You can adjust it slightly by doing it again.
Tweak it to the way you want it.
Now you have to click on the "eye" on the "solid" layer.
So now it is not visible anymore but it is still very helpful to
draw in the different colors because now you can't go out of the main lines.
Okay now we add a new layer.
And you call it whatever color you want to use for coloring.
I called it red because I'm going to color in the armor in red.
I suggest you use the "light" brush here.
Which does not have any harsh edges but actually very fuzzy and "glowy".
Very important, you go to the top of the screen
and change the FLOW of the brush work to Nr. 5, 8 or maybe 10.
And the reason we do that is it decreases pressure of clicking the color.
Less pressure = More control. However this is unnecessary if you color in with a tablet.
So now I basically just
draw in the color, wherever I want it to be red.
In this case I don't do a very exact job but for this tutorial it will suffice.
So because of this, my colors are now very bright and fuzzy.
If you do want everything to look sharp
Then take your time, relax and adjust your brush size constantly to remain within the lines.
Watch the details etc.
So again, very important, for every new color you start a new layer.
Doing basically the same thing.
Here I am going to zoom in
and am going to change the brush size
to color in the yellow.
It's a quite simple and easy process, quite relaxing actually. I love it.
So yes, here I am still coloring the yellow.
To make it not too boring
I am going to skip to the next part.
So here it is fully colored.
And I open up a new layer over all the other layers. Which we will call "lighting".
And we use white
to draw in the highlights.
I just use a plain white colors, a small brush and figure out where the light would reflect.
Wherever I think the light would hit and reflect.
This will make the image appear to be more 3D.
At first you might think these lines are "too sharp" Doesn't it ruin
the picture?
But there is a little trick, go to filter.
Go on "Blur" and then "Gaussian Blur".
I want to
show you the difference.
Here it is without
and here with.
It is actually a lot better with.
Sadly, you don't see it too much with Youtubes Quality.
Okay, we are almost done with this tutorial. The next step
to duplicate the layer. This will make a significant improvement.
It'll look much more intense.
So you go to the "shade" layer and you duplicate it.
And just by adding that the effect of the colors have greatly improved.
There we go.
With the double-layer.
Now the "experts" go on Image and then Adjustments to alter the Hue/Saturation, Contrast etc.
Which is exactly what I am doing now, there you personally should decide how much to tweak it.
Here I change the lighting to make it more dark.
I thought it fits more the mood of the image.
Another neat little trick is under "filter". There you go to "render".
And there you click on "lighting effects".
And here you see it, you change it to "none"
On "detection channel" and now you can change the lighting.
Choose where the source is and what mood it creates.
I made it come from the corner.
And the final step (optional) We are going to select and merge all layers.
To then use the simple but effective in-built filter effects gallery.
Here you have
a dozen effects to choose from.
I personally will use "dark strokes" here.
There is a preview image of how it is going to look.
I adjust a bit more to make the black color REALLY dominant.
And there we go.
So, this concludes my little tutorial of how to color-in in Photoshop.
I hope you enjoyed it and I encourage you to watch my other videos including Speed-Drawings.
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